Summer Reading Flashback: 1986

As I was going through papers last weekend, I stumbled upon my 1986 Summer Reading packet from the Kirkland Library. Get a load of this cool folder:

It even has a lock on the front! Just being in possession of such an alluring item made me feel important. Everything about it implied mystery and intrigue:

This is probably why I actually wrote down what I read that summer and made an effort to collect the "clues":

Once Upon a Cat and The Lost Doll failed to make an impression, but the rest of the list contains some of my all time favorite reading memories. Most of these books hold up surprisingly well and are still available through KCLS. (Kitty in the Summer seems a bit obscure, but it's still on my shelf at home.)

Though dated now, The Luckiest Girl was the first book I read about a teenager. Shelley's adventures in California will always be dear to my heart:

The Luckiest Girl

Summer of the Swans is a timeless and poignant story about the difficulties of living with someone who's different:

The Summer of the Swans

Is anything more mortifying that being caught stretching the truth?  This is a hard but hilariously learned lesson in:

Emily's Runaway Imagination

Superfudge offers up some good old-fashioned Judy Blume fun and is pleasantly devoid of any thought-provoking references to puberty:


Mishmash always had a surprising amount of human problems for a dog:


And finally, one of my all time favorite children's books EVER (not to oversell it or anything):

Eating Ice Cream With A Werewolf

You really have to see the cover to appreciate how amazing this book is:

Imagine walking around with this book AND your Summer Reading folder in 1986. That's enough to make you feel like the coolest nine-year-old ever.

What are your favorite memories of Summer Reading? Please share in the comments below!

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